Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Sex and the City, Season 1, Volume 1

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

Sex And The City S1 Vol1

DATE VIEWED: 03/30/2015


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 41 minutes



SYNOPSIS: (from IMDB.com)

Columnist Carrie Bradshaw introduces her narrative style by a short story about a British girl who thought the Manhattan manner would be the same. Characters and extras on screen do some of the philosophizing about modern sex life and the life of both sexes she usually does off-screen in her column-style. Among the main cast of four best friends, PR executive Samantha bluntly stands for sex without relational crap, golden spoon-WASP Charlotte for the fairy tale-romantic ideal, while sensitive flirt Carrie herself and stuck-up pragmatic lawyer Miranda seek a middle way…

Miranda discovers she was invited at Nick's, where all guests are asked with which movie star in the prime they would have loved to do it, to make a change with all those brainless models he keeps dating. The girlfriends see models as a living nightmare as those terribly demanded competitors actually walk around in Manhattan, giving them socially imposed inferiority complexes, except man-eater Sam. Carrie's friend poor painter Barkley, a serial 'modelizer', treats models as things and secretly videotapes his sex with them; Sam sees him as a challenge for her as …

Carrie is invited to stay with a married friend and her husband, Peter, at their beach house. Her trip is unexpectedly cut short when she walks in on Peter who is naked in the kitchen. Back in Manhattan, she contemplates whether there is a secret war going on between the singles and the married. Later on, she is introduced to a guy who's desperately trying to start a family. It seems that dating the marrying-type guy has suddenly made her a member of a club for married couples.

Carrie and Mr. Big keep bumping into each-other till they date (without that term) at Samantha's hot restaurant PR-opening, but he cancels last minute. The cook, just Jon, is reserved for Samantha's bed, but his hot friend Sam, also twenty-something (those always seem to know the right people) flirts with Carrie; Big turns up saying he was on time but couldn't find her, time to leave town. At a twenties club Sam takes Carrie on his lap and kisses really well, five hours long, and again while she helps him pick a shirt. Samantha eagerly reports on a night of sex with ...

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The fantasy world of women.  There are no unattractive, overweight, underpaid single women in New York City.  Hedonism as an artform.  Women are all about the shoes.

PROS AND CONS: First of all, I like this series.  It is engaging, fun to watch and moves along at a quick pace.  It also gives the casual male viewer an insight into what women’s motivations are and how they think.  

That said, it is also a strict fantasy show.  Left out of the mix are all those things that reality throws at you like money issues and dealing with ex-spouses and children.  There is no having to actually ‘work’ in an office or deal with inlaws and family drama.  There is no incompetency in others or stupid employers...you get the picture.  Women dream of lives like these but in reality they can’t have them.  

Since women are the primary focus of the show, almost all of the men are shown as stupid or manipulative.  The woman of the show are always seeking out true love, but seem unaware of exactly what that definition entails.  

I would like to know where I can get the job that Carrie has, where she writes for a major newspaper about sex, seems to be pulling down a salary in the mid six figure range, is under 30 and never has to go to the office for work.  Must be nice.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

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